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William Estell  Revolutionary War Pension file

submitted by David K. Tucker of Houston, Texas

The statement of William Estell a soldier in the Revolutionary War he states he was a private in the Second Troop Commanded by Capt John Craig which was attached to the fourth Regiment of Pennsylvania Light Dragoons Commanded by Col. Stephen Moylan, he states that he was enlisted out of the Militia service at West Point Fort that he was enlisted for during the war & remained in the service of the United States three years and three months and was discharged out of service at the end of the war by John Robins Lieut in said Regiment on the eastern shore Northampton County Virginia which discharge he left with James Cunningham in the Town of Lancaster State of Pennsylvania. He further states that he has never been at Lancaster since nor seen said Cunningham. He further states that he has no other proof now in his powers relative his enlistment & services & that he is poor old infirm and crippled so much so as to render it necessary for him to apply to the United States for assistance under the provision of the Act of Congress. That he was enlisted sometime in the month of August 1780. That he was born & raised in Ulster County & state of New York & is now a citizen of Fleming County Kentucky. That he has never received any pension of the United States.

Sworn to in Open Court June 1st 1818

Jas Crawford DC

State of Kentucky

On this ninth day of June 1820 personally appeared in Open Court (Being a Court of record for Fleming County) William Estell, aged 58 years on the 11th day of March last residing in the County of Fleming and State aforesaid who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath declare that he served in the Revolutionary War as follows. That he enlisted at West Point in the State of New York about the month of August in the year 1780 in the company of Dragoons commanded by Capt. John Craig for and during the war and in the Regiment command by Col. Stephen Moylan in the ? of the State of Pennsylvania a continental establishment. That he continued to serve in said ? until the fall of the year 1783 when he was discharged from the said service in North Hampton County on the Eastern shore of Virginia. That he served in many small skirmishes, and was at the taking of Cornwallis in the fall of 1781. That he has obtained a certificate of pension on a declaration bearing date about the first of June 1818. And which certificate is now in his possession being No. 17.062 and dated 22nd May 1820. and he does solemnly swear that he was a resident Citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818. And that he has not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of his property or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring himself within the provisions of an Act (several words missing at the bottom of the page) certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818. And that he has not nor has any person in trust for him, any property or securities, contracts or debts due him. Nor has he any income other than what is contained in the schedule hereto annexed and by me subscribed.


One horse or mare creature 13 or 14 years old worth an estimated $25

One cow worth 13$ and two year old Bull worth 5$ 18

One yearling calf worth $3.50 Eleven small hogs worth 15$ 18.50

Household furniture consisting of one Table 5 chairs cupboard &

its contents with every other article therein 2 posts a Tea kettle &

c. & c. estimated to be worth 25.00

1 Spinning wheel worth 3$ 1 side saddle worth 15$ 18.00

1 old mans saddle worth 4$ 4.00

1 leather collar & Harness worth 2$ 1 ax & 2 Hoes $3.50 5.50

Gun Smith Tools ---sored supposed to worth about 10.00

Buckets and old Barrels say may be worth 3.00

1 Bible 2 Hymn Books, & some old indifferent torn books worth 2.00

Chickens & c & c supposed may be worth 2.00


He further states that the foregoing is a full estimate and value of all and every thing he possesses on earth to the best of his knowledge his bedding & c and wearing apparel accepted. That he owes sundry debts as follows

To Simpson Renshey? about $54

To William Pearce about 40

To John Andrews 16

To Doct Dorsey for Medicine supposed 8

Sundry small debts not exceeding 20


He further states that the foregoing inventory and schedule of debts which he owes, thereto annexed are true and show full ? of both except what he may hereafter obtain on the pension certificate now in his possession No. 17.062 That his family consists of the following persons, Viz

His wife about 42 years of age with the following children

William Estill 16 years old Feby 26, 1820

Susan Estill 12 years old August 6, 1820

Whiteman Estill 10 years old June 1, 1820

Terresse Estill 8 years old October 5, 1820

Erasmus Estill 5 years old March 9, 1820

John Estill 3 years old July 16, 1820

Edward Dorsey Estill 1 year old Sept 16, 1820

By profession himself a Black & Gun Smith, very weakly & infirm; his wife weakly and his children all healthy and common.

William Estill (NOTE: This signature is not in Williamís handwriting)

Sworn to and declared on the 9th day of June 1820 Before me the subscriber Judge of the first Judicial District in the State of Kentucky and of the Fleming Circuit Court

A. Beatty (signature)

I James Crawford Deputy Clerk for Leaken D. Stockton Clerk of the Court for the Fleming Circuit do hereby certify that the foregoing oath and schedule thereto annexed, are truly copied from the records of the said court, that the total amount in value of the property exhibited in the aforesaid schedule is one hundred and thirty one dollars. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed the seal of said Court this 21st day of June 1820 and in the 29th year of the Commonwealth.

Jas Crawford (signature)

State of Kentucky Fleming County

I William Estell aged 69 years do upon oath certify & declare that in the year 1780 I enlisted for the term of during the war and served in Col. Moylanís Dragoons of the Pennsylvania line and that I continued in the service aforesaid until the close of the revolutionary war when I was regularly discharged from the fourth Regiment commanded by Co. Moylan

I further declare that I have never received a warrant for the bounty land promised to me on the part of the United States nor have I ever assigned or transferred my claim in any manner whatever. Therefore Know all men by these presents that I William Estell aforesaid do hereby constitute and appoint the Hon. Richd. M. Johnson to be my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name to demand and receive from the Secretary of War of the United States a warrant for the quantity of land due to me as aforesaid, and my said attorney is hereby fully authorized and empowered to constitute & appoint one or more substitutes or attorneys under him for the special purposes above expressed.

William Estell (Note: this signature appears to be in Williamís own hand)

I Lawrence Triplett aged Sixty eight years do upon oath declare that I have been long acquainted with William Estell who has (Note: this is the end of the pension file except for the following letter)

Rev. and 1812 Wars Section.

January 7, 1924

Mrs S. F. Eastman,

Petersburg, Ill.


I have to advise you that from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, S. 35914, it appears that William Estell or Estill was born in Ulster County New York, March 11, 1763. (Note: should read 1762)

He enlisted at West Point in August 1780 and served as private in Captain John Craigís Company. Colonel Stephen Moylanís 4th Regiment Continental Dragoons, was in several skirmishes and at the surrender of Cornwallis and served until close of the War.

He was allowed pension on his application executed June 1, 1818, while a resident of Fleming County, Kentucky.

In 1820, soldier referred to his wife, name not stated aged forty two years.


William born February 26, 1804

Susan born August 6, 1808

Whiteman born June 1, 1810

Terresse born October 5, 1812

Erasmus born March 9, 1815

John born July 6, 1817

Edward Dorsey born September 16, 1819

There is no further family data on file.

The above noted soldier is the only William Estell, found on the Revolutionary War records of this Bureau.


Acting Commissioner.

Additional notes regarding this family by DKT:

Any researcher working on the William Estill Family of Fleming County, Kentucky should use extreme caution, because there are two William Estillís.

Both men are about the same age, both men have some children with similar names, and both men were from the same general area; one from New York and one from New Jersey.

On the 16th of June 1795 the following marriage bond is recorded in Clark County, Kentucky.

William Estell and Lucinda Hosley

Bondsman: Moses Snodeker

Consent of Mathew and Mary Hosley, parents of Lucinda Hosley, attested by James Horseley

In additional to the minor children listed in his pension record William and Lucinda had another son, David R. Estill who was not a minor and therefore not shown in Williamís pension files.

TALLEYíS KENTUCKY PAPERS by William M. Talley shows the following burials in the Brick Union Cemetery located just outside Flemingsburg.

David R. Estill born May 19, 1798

died July 27, 1867

Harriett Estill consort of D. R. Estill

born Nov. 26, 1802

died March __ 1837

FLEMING COUNTY MARRIAGES 1798-1850 records both of David R. Estillís marriages.

David R. Estill - Harriett Weaver 14 Nov. 1822

David Estill - Mary Bowen 18 Nov. 1838

Census and Tax Records of Fleming County indicate that this Estill family lived much of their lives in the Poplar Plains area and to the east of Poplar Plains along Fox Creek.

Although I have not seen any source one researcher states that William Estill died on August 10, 1838 and is buried in the Pearce Cemetery at Poplar Plains.

The date of Lucindaís death is unknown however she was still living at the time of the 1840 census when she is shown as Lucy Estill but no record of her is found in the 1850 census records.

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